Architecture: The heritage of Orb erected as a monument – News Vaud & Regions: Nord-Vaud-Broye


We will finally know a little more about the history of the houses of Orbe and their old stones. On Tuesday, architectural historians presented to the public the latest volume of "Vaudois monuments", the 9th opus of a series of books still little known. Written in part by students from the University of Lausanne, it aims to popularize specialized studies on local built heritage. "There is a lot of gray literature," says Dave Luthi, professor of art history and dean of the Faculty of Arts. These are studies commissioned by the administration and which are little known. Our goal is to make them public because many cities, like Orbe, do not have any books on their built heritage, which is often of national importance. "

It is saying little. Orbe owns 17 buildings of national importance, according to the Historical Monuments, besides those which the lovers of the field would like to have classified, history that they are more protected. Between the lines, we can guess the message, specialists are interested in the area: Orbe has seen major work on its buildings (the former Venel Clinic, the Town Hall, the wall of the castle …) and is preparing to live others. Let us mention the old Rod mills, targeted by a project of the Orllati group, and the temple, which will have to be restored. "There is a bit of luck," explains Luthi. On the other hand, we hope to arouse interest in general and that of other researchers. "

Near the Empress

Orbe holds to read them little wonders. The manor of Montchoisi, near Bosceaz, would have common features with the Malmaison des Bonaparte. And for good reason, the wife of the Emperor, Josephine de Beauharnais, who stopped there, was very close to the owner of the place, Constance d'Aumale, wife of the captain of the Yverdon regiment.Full center , the Hôtel de Ville, which we do not even notice, is actually the amalgam between the project of a Frenchman, who was inspired by the Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon, and a lover of Grandson architecture. To save money, however, Orbe renounces shaving nearby houses and condenses its majestic prestige building on its former halls. In the same way, the allegorical sculptures on the top of the facade, which are too closely linked to the taste of the Enlightenment, are renounced to please the Bernese. Unsurprisingly, the specialists insist on the importance of the old mills, rare or even unique witnesses in Switzerland of an industrial history dating back to the Middle Ages.

Resolutely antinumeric, but scientific and serious, the approach has a future, assure academics. "The idea is to reach the audience through the buildings he knows, to use unifying themes or to address topics that are talking," says Luthi. There is an interest and a readership for that, outside Heritage Days. "

Created: 02.12.2019, 14:06


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